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  • Illinois Certification Testing System

    STUDY GUIDE

    Illinois State Board of Education

    An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action EmployerPrinted by the Authority of the State of Illinois

    Target LanguageProficiencySpanish (056)

    IL-SG-FLD056-02

  • Illinois Certification Testing System Study Guide: Target Language ProficiencySpanish i

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE ILLINOIS CERTIFICATIONTESTING SYSTEM

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW ....................................................................................1-1For Further Information .............................................................................1-2Description of the Tests ..............................................................................1-3Test Administration....................................................................................1-4Score Reports.............................................................................................1-4

    HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE TEST .................................................................1-5Assess Your Knowledge and Test Skills.......................................................1-5Practice Your Test-Taking Skills .................................................................1-5

    THE DAY OF THE TEST: HELPFUL HINTS......................................................1-5Preparation ................................................................................................1-5Test-Taking Tips.........................................................................................1-5

    TEST DIRECTIONS..........................................................................................1-7

    FIELD-SPECIFIC INFORMATION

    INTRODUCTION.........................................................................................2-1Test Subareas and Objectives ................................................................2-1

    TEST OBJECTIVES ....................................................................................2-2

    MULTIPLE-CHOICE TEST QUESTIONS SECTION .......................................2-4Sample Test Directions for the Reading Comprehension

    Multiple-Choice Test Questions ........................................................2-5Practice Reading Comprehension Multiple-Choice Test Questions ..........2-6Answer Key ........................................................................................ 2-11

    WRITING PROFICIENCY ASSIGNMENT SECTION .................................... 2-12Description of the Task....................................................................... 2-13Sample Test Directions....................................................................... 2-14Practice Writing Proficiency Assignment ............................................. 2-15Sample Response ............................................................................... 2-16

    ORAL PROFICIENCY ASSIGNMENT SECTION.......................................... 2-17Description of the Task....................................................................... 2-18Sample Test Directions....................................................................... 2-19Practice Oral Proficiency Assignment .................................................. 2-20

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    EXPLANATION OF THE SCORING PROCESS FOR THECONSTRUCTED-RESPONSE ASSIGNMENTS ...................................... 2-21The Scoring Process ........................................................................... 2-21Scoring Scale for the Writing Proficiency Assignment .......................... 2-22Scoring Scale for the Oral Proficiency Assignment............................... 2-23

    EXPLANATION OF THE TEST SCORE REPORT........................................ 2-24Overview ............................................................................................ 2-24Reading Your Report: A Sample ......................................................... 2-25How to Interpret the Constructed-Response Scores............................. 2-25

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  • Illinois Certification Testing System Study Guide: Target Language ProficiencySpanish 1-1

    General Information About theIllinois Certification Testing System

    The first section of the study guide is available in a separate PDF file. Click the link below toview or print this section.

    General Information About the Illinois Certification Testing System

  • Illinois Certification Testing System Study Guide: Target Language ProficiencySpanish 2-1

    Field-Specific Information Test Subareas and Objectives Practice Test Questions Practice Constructed-Response

    Assignments Explanation of the Test Score Report

    INTRODUCTION

    This section includes a list of test subareas and objectives, sample test directions,practice multiple-choice test questions, practice constructed-response assign-ments, performance characteristics and scoring scales, an explanation of thescoring process for the constructed-response assignments, and a score reportexplanation.

    TEST SUBAREAS AND OBJECTIVESThe content covered by the Target Language ProficiencySpanish test is organizedinto subareas. You will find a list of subareas at the beginning of the list of testobjectives. Within each subarea, the content is further defined by a set ofobjectives. Each objective comprises two major parts:

    1. the objective statement, which broadly defines the knowledge and skills that anentry-level educator needs to know; and

    2. the descriptive statements, which describe in greater detail the types ofknowledge and skills covered by the test objective.

    The test objectives are broad, conceptual, and meaningful statements, written inlanguage that reflects the skills, knowledge, and understanding that an entry-levelteacher needs in order to teach effectively in an Illinois classroom. A test consistsof test questions that measure an examinee's mastery of these test objectives.

    Below is an example of a test objective statement and its accompanying descriptivestatements for the Target Language ProficiencySpanish test.

    Objective Statement

    Understand the literal meaning of a variety of materials written in the targetlanguage.

    Descriptive Statements

    determining a stated idea in a passage

    establishing the sequence of events in a passage

    determining the meaning of selected vocabulary in context

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    TARGET LANGUAGE PROFICIENCYSPANISH TEST OBJECTIVES

    I. Reading ComprehensionII. Writing ProficiencyIII. Oral Proficiency

    SUBAREA IREADING COMPREHENSION

    Objective 1 Understand the literal meaning of a variety of materials written in the target language.

    For example:

    determining a stated idea in a passage

    establishing the sequence of events in a passage

    determining the meaning of selected vocabulary in context

    Objective 2 Apply skills of inference and interpretation to a variety of materials written in thetarget language.

    For example:

    discerning implied cause-and-effect relationships in a passage

    inferring a writer's assumptions or purpose for writing

    drawing conclusions from stated facts

    Objective 3 Apply skills of critical analysis to a variety of materials written in the target language.

    For example:

    characterizing the tone, mood, or point of view of a passage

    analyzing the structure and organization of a passage

    assessing the credibility of statements and opinions presented in a passage

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    SUBAREA IIWRITING PROFICIENCY

    Objective 4 Write a well-organized passage in the target language that is grammatically correctand appropriate in vocabulary and style for a given audience, purpose, and occasionand that communicates a message effectively.

    For example:

    expressing and supporting personal views on an issue of current educationalconcern (e.g., the use of graduation tests in public education)

    analyzing advantages and limitations of common instructional techniques(e.g., individual versus cooperative learning)

    responding to an opinion or viewpoint on an educational issue (e.g., how to bestprepare beginning teachers)

    comparing and contrasting different perspectives on an educational topic (e.g., theuse of computers in the classroom)

    SUBAREA IIIORAL PROFICIENCY

    Objective 5 In response to written instructions, communicate an oral message effectively in thetarget language that demonstrates a command of vocabulary and grammarappropriate to an educational setting.

    For example:

    telling a story about an educational experience that was important to you either as astudent or as a teacher

    making a presentation to your class about the importance of reading

    describing a book you have read that you would recommend to students orteachers

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    MULTIPLE-CHOICE TEST QUESTIONS SECTION

    The practice multiple-choice test questions included in this section are designed togive the examinee an introduction to the nature of the test questions included onthe Target Language ProficiencySpanish test. The practi